Blackheart | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
A throwback historical ale brewed when English IPA's were hopped up to last the long voyage from England to Colonial troops in India, using English malts, English hops, English yeast and aged slightly on toasted oak for a 19th century taste.

78 IBU

Added by philberinghele on 03-21-2008

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Photo of hwwty4
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my buddy Brett for bringing this one back for me. Stored in my fridge since he gave it to me.

Poured a 22oz bomber into my Brother Thelonious goblet. This beer pours a crystal clear orangey red with a big 2 inch head that quickly disappeared and leaving, surprisingly, no lacing. I imagine this bottle is a little old, but you wouldn't expect so from the nose. It's a full frontal attack to the nose. It's straight grassy hops, with a little spiciness coming from some noble hops and really raw oak. Wow, the flavor reminds me of hop-laced ethanol. Up front, its big hops, on the tail it's straight booze. You would think that this beer would have somewhat of a malty flavor, just because of how much alcohol is in it but nope, I don't taste any malty sweetness. The mouthfeel is a tad thin for how big this beer is. Wow, with as hoppy as this beer is with a bit of age, I can't imagine how it was really fresh.

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Photo of jwc215
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tattorso for this one!

Pours hazed orange with an off-white head that immediately disappears to a thin wisp of a patch, leaving very little lacing.

The smell is of tropical fruitiness - in an English hop way with heavy bready, caramel maltiness and some oak/vanilla. Raw.

The taste is of caramel, oak/vanilla with herbal/citric/floral bitterness.

It has a creamy, full body.

There is an alcohol presence, not unsurprising for abv level, yet very drinkable. Something of an English IPA on steroids with vanilla/oak notes. Interesting.

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Photo of grub
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled dec 27/08.

pours hazy deep reddish orange with a small dense white head. the head drops pretty fast and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. vanilla and raw oak. touch of alcohol. maybe a bit of bourbon. nice citrus - grapefruit, orange, bit of tangerine. biscuit and multi-grain bread. hint of pine. bit of other fruity character.

taste is nice. medium-low bitterness level. light alcohol. vanilla and raw oak. biscuit and multi-grain bread. some grapefruit and pine. touch of orange peel and tangerine. bit earthy too.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium carbonation level. just over medium body.

drinkability is good. nicely balance. i like the addition of the oak in this one. even though the hops have a bit of an american slant, the oak and the great malty base seems to pull it back towards the english side. good stuff.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After trying this several times in the past year, i'm finally getting around to reviewing it. This made it's debut at the brewpub, then Night of the Living Ales on cask, and later on in bottles. The cask version was my favorite, and one of the fest highlights. When the bottles first came out, I thought the oak was too astringent and needed time to mellow. This bottle is likely 6+ months old.

Murky orange with some light breaking through the haze. Creamy surface of offwhite foam, a small bit of lacing at the edges of the tulip glass. Buttery caramel aroma, some sweetness and hidden oak also in the nose. Sweet caramel, orange peel, and dried apricot flavors, light oak in the dry bitter aftertaste. Savory feel, showing age slightly, but definitely integrated with the oak.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured a clear glowing orange/copper into a tulip with a creamy head and nice lacing. nose was woody, minty, floral, and earthy with biscuity/cracker-like malts. some alcohol noted. sweet malts are overtaken by the minty/sprucey hop bitterness. long, spicy, minty/sprucey finish with some warming alcohol. medium to full in body with prickly carbonation. maybe i'm spoiled by american dipa's but this was not one of my favorite 3F's offerings.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Pours a hazy light copper under a big white head. Nice lace and retention.

S: Smells of citrus hops and a bit of spiciness, all wrapped around a definite toasted malt backbone.

T: Citrus hops are apparent as well as the alcohol. Bit of a syrup like sweetness to it. Bitterness is moderate. A little off balance for my taste.

M/D: Body is medium, a bit viscous and carbonation is low. Drinkability is OK. For an English IPA I expected a much tamer brew, but what I got was a nice surprise. The lack of balance is the only real critic I can make. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of MacDomer
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is a few months old and should have been consumed a bit fresher, but it's still great.

A - Pours a nice autumn/fall orange with light brown undertones. Pretty solid two finger head, bright white in color. Gobs of sticky lacing cling to the glass

S - Spicy and earthy. Some piney and floral hops, but nothing like FFF's typical hoppy nose. Loads of sweet, lighter malts follow. Overall, I'd call it pungent.

T - Nice balance between hops and malts, with the hops winning out in the end. Spicy, earthy hops. Sweet caramel backbone. Some orange and apricot notes. No hint of the 9% ABV.

M - Light to moderate carbonation. Medium to medium-full body. Very smooth and creamy.

D - What can I say? I love FFF, and this is a good one. Not as hoppy as the other FFF brews, as it's an English IPA. Great beer overall.

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Photo of weeare138
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for sharing this...
Appears a transparent, light gold with a small, white head that quickly fades out into a small collar. Very little spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, hoppy, citrus, spice, and orange.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with caramel, and bitter bits of hops streaking along the palate like a ripe hybrid of a spicy orange waiting to be plucked.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, hoppy, balanced, semi dry finish.

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Photo of pwoods
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber poured into an imperial pint.

A: Orangish bronze pour. Decent head, some retention and lacing.

S: Good hop presence. Gingery, citrus, very floral. On the sweet side.

T/M: Good bitterness level, especially for an English IPA. Hops taste more grassy and tea like with a bit of citrus in there. Light grainy malts, a bit sweet. Body is on the lighter side and carbonation is average.

D: Tasty and my favorite from the style.

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Photo of jraycee
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed, bronze/amber huewith a nice white head that leaves light lacing.
Smells hoppy with fruit, grains, and grass.
Taste is big with a similar malt to FFF's Dreadnaught, but hops are much different. Like a huge monster lurking under a wet blanket. Fruits and grassiness with some spices.
Mouthfeel is right down the middle. Not too light and nice carbonation.
I would drink this again if it wasn't so hard for me to get, and i wasn't such a big fan of American IPAs lately. A tasty treat, and a great reminder of where the style started.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from BuckeyeNation, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of fruity citrus, pale hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is very nicely balanced with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus to start. A complimentary pale hops bitterness quickly follows. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very nice representation of style while taking that style to the next level which isn't often done with an EIPA and even less often done well. This is a very good beer to drink for a whole evening.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A- Cloudy, light orange. Very little white head that dissipated quickly.

S- Malt and hops. There was a nice distinct sweetness that I think was there because this beer was aged for at least 7 months.

T- Nice and balanced. Malt presence was there, and so was the hops. I was surprised that the hops still held up after a little bit of age on them.

M- Medium bodied. Some carbonation. Went down really smooth.

D- Given that this was not as fresh as possible, it was a pretty good beer. I could not even taste the 9% abv whatsoever.

Overall a solid brew. Dreadnaught is still my favorite FFF beer (still have to try DL...waiting for a special occasion) by far.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tuo for this bomber!

Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange with a big, thick, cream colored head. Nice chunky, sticky lacing. Looks good.

Smells of green herbal/floral hops, toffee malts, and wood. That wood is surprising, but I enjoy it.

The flavor combines all of the aromas very nicely. Earthy hops, woody/whiskey flavors, and a bit of sweet malts. There's a hint of citrus and a touch of mint at the finish. Nice!

Medium body with creamy carbonation. The 9% abv is nowhere to be found in the smell or taste. Great job with that. I could drink these until I was feeling that 9% and maybe then some. Very tasty beer. Good job, 3F!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to lightindarkness for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy head, with some nice thick creamy sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy with some malts, bourbon/whiskey, slight oak, with some citrus. The taste is very nice, really different, hoppy, with some malts, oaky, with some bourbon/whiskey notes, sweet, with some citrus. Medium body. Very drinkable, like I said this is a different English IPA, also never had a English IPA at 9% ABV. Glad to have a chance to check this badboy out, Thanks Christian.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy orange body with a sea of carbonation that supports a thick bubble beige head that last for much of the beer.

S- The big green herbal hops aroma as a soft woody note to it and an orange blossom hint that comes through as the beer warms.

T- The taste of fresh green hops has a slight sweetness that follows with a caramel malt flavor. The finish is a nice pungent hop flavor that is green with a faint mint quality to it. The bitterness lingers for a bit after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with an alcohol heat that comes through when the beer is pretty warm.

D- This big has nice big hops with some interesting qualities to them and a sweetness that really punch up the hops. This beer is so big it needed a glass of water to go with it. No it's not really thirst quenching but very tasty.

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Photo of maximum12
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First & foremost, a big shout-out from the top of Mt. Lincoln to lightindarkness, who sent me this Three Floyd's bomber as part of winning his generous LIF.

Only the second English IPA I've had, after the Berkshire Lost Sailor IPA, & I have to say, I think I'm a fan. There's a dirty, gritty, graininess to Blackheart that's much different than your standard IPA. In addition, there's a nice balancing of big malts up front, which mixes in with the hops to create a really good balance of heft & sweetness with a mild hop bite at the end. What's not to like?

ABV is a little high for me to swill this all night, but the alcohol is only evident after it's gone all the way down. Feel in the molars is less IPA, more barleywine, flatter & with less evident carbonation.

Very good beer with some unique characteristics. Recommended if you haven't tried it yet!

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Photo of cameraman
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep amber color with hints of orange at the bottom of the glass. A two inch thick head, cream in color, that laces slowly down the glass. A malty fragrance at the front, that is followed by a pine and grassy aroma. A malty front that lasts for some time, then a grassy and earthy bitterness takes over and lingers on the palate. A medium feel, at the front, that gradually gains weight as it rolls across the palate. This beer gets more complex as it warms up, excellent to sip while playing cards or throwing darts. It does have a more hoppy flavor for a english style IPA, the malty heartiness is strong enough to overcome that and balance it out.

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Photo of younger35
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of this from Binny's for around $12. Given all of the FFF IPA's I've had as of late I'm expecting this one to be different. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Pours a very murky light yellowish orange with some hints of red when held to the light. Really nice half finger head sits atop the brew looking very fluffy and creamy. The head recedes very very slowly leaving a decent cap and collar and loads of thick sticky lacing.
Smell- The hops are very lightly floral but the definitely have that earthy dirtiness that I've come to expect from those Euro hops. Light malty sweetness with hints of vanilla (gets way more noticeable as it warms) and oranges. Perfumed and pleasant it's a fairly nice nose.
Taste- Very pungent and vibrant the hops are definitely of the English persuasion. Oranges and a light cherry essence are the brunt of the hops and are definitely more citrus than the dirtiness of the nose led on. Lightly sweet with a toffee like maltiness and a lightly oaky vanilla that becomes even more evident as it warms. The alcohol is hidden well but the taste is so intense I don't think a 15% ABV would show.
Mouthfeel- Nice, thick and rich with a smooth creamy feel and light carbonation that adds to the creaminess.
Drinkability- This is a sipper for sure that I'm glad I picked up. I wasn't going to spend the cash on another FFF IPA because I figured it would be similar to the rest. After reading the label I decided it was worth a try and I'm glad I did. It was a vastly different brew than the other American IPA's. Definitely worth a try if you can find it or trade for it.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a pint glass from a 22 oz. bottle. Big thanks to joe1510 for adding this (much appreciated) extra.

A: Gorgeous glowing golden-orange. Excellent sudsy head, rising to about 1.5-fingers, slowly dropping to a thick creamy topping. Almost clear, just a faint haze. A bounty of rising carbonation keeps that head full in a number of thin streams. Very good-looking lace sticks randomly.

S: Love this aroma: honeysuckle and fresh fruit. This could be the most floral-smelling IPA I've had the pleasure of sniffing...very nice! Glazed cinnamon bun? Vague oaky/vinous notes, is this barrel-aged? Wood chips? A wonderful noseful - transcends the style.

T: Sweet and malty upfront. Juicy orange and pink grapefruit, layers of spicy and grassy hops that are just bold enough. Balance nears perfection: flavors dance between a spiced/flowery hop zest and a gentler fruity (apple) malty starchiness. Concludes with that woody/barrel-like finish. Pretty remarkable beer.

M: Silky smooth with a sneakily fiull mouthfeel. This builds and builds to a coating warmth, even though it starts rather innocently. Carbonation is soft, creamy.

D: Really had no idea what to expect from this one. It wasn't a 3F beer I'd heard of before...but now that I've tried it's absolutely imperative that I have this again. Wonderfully drinkable for a big beer and one I'd highly recommend. Dangerously close to a '5' in several categories.

Thanks again, Joe!

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Pours a clear copper color. White rocky head holds well for a while, and leaves some nice patches of lace.

Good amount of oak in the nose, with caramel and hints of fruit. Floral and citrusy hops seem to round things out.

Lots of caramel and oak up front. Some sweetness. Floral and soft citrusy hops. Lots of fruit flavor. Oak and hops seem to linger forever.

Full body, with appropriate carbonation. Very well done. The oak adds a nice character to this.

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Photo of gford217
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of brandoman63 poured into a tulip.

Pours a bright translucent orange amber with a healthy 2-finger head and a steady stream of bubbles coming to the top. The retention is good and leaves solid lacing. The aroma is a balance of citrus hops up front and a strong caramel malt base. There is also a heavy dose of earthy hops throughout as well. The taste mirrors the aroma with a grapefruit and grassy hop kick giving way to the caramel malt base. There is a bit of spiciness in the finish as well as some hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation and leaves the mouth sticky with the earthy hop juice. The drinkability is fantastic on this one and I don't notice the alcohol at all. The best example of an English IPA (if you can call it that) I've tasted to date.

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Photo of kmeves
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber with a medium beige head. Aroma is medium sweet with melon, light biscuit, some floral and earthy. Flavor is floral, earthy, melon and biscuity. Light-medium body, silky texture. Medium bitter finish. Another winner from one of the Midwests best.

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Photo of Deuane
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ffejherb for sharing his bottle with me!

First...this may be an English style IPA but no English IPA would ever clock in at 9%! Leave it to FFF to buck trends once again!

A-Orange tinged light copper with a full, fluffy, bright white head. Head retained nicely and thick, sticky lace.

S-Sweet caramel with a bright floral quality. Hints of citrus and a rather unique vanilla oak quality in the background that is more pronounced upon warming.

T-Floral hops blend well with solid sweet caramel malt. Highly complex with hints of citrus, apricot, brown sugar, vanilla and oak. A very nice brew that makes you ponder!

M-Medium body with a highly smooth and creamy texture. Bitterness is present in the aftertaste but is tempered somewhat by the complexity of flavours.

D-An extremely interesting brew. This is an English IPA in name the type of hops used and the name! In no way does this resemble ANY IPA I have ever had in or from England! Not that I care, this is another example of the genius that is FFF.

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Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky apple juice, .5 inch head reduced to surface quickly. VERY clingly, both webby and sudsy lacing.

S - Nice malt center, definite citrus notes.

T - Malts show up well, hops are clean, crisp and tight. Finishes clean.

M - Light to medium bodied, good coating and carb.

D -Not overly taxing. Good stuff.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into Troegs Hopback glass on 9/4/08. Thanks to brewslut for toting this back for me from Great Taste of the Midwest.

A - Amber/orange body with a hazy tint and billowy two-finger eggshell-colored head that retained quite well and left thick, decorative lacing around the glass. This one isn't lacking carbonation.

S - Floral hops with a bit of citrus and fruitiness. I also pick up on some hints of vanilla, apricot, mild spices and a tinge of alcohol.

T - Floral (and to a lesser extent, perfumy) hops abound and mingle with a solid caramel malt base. There's a lot going on with this brew, giving it an incredibly complex flavor profile. There's a mild spiciness with hints of cinnamon, sugar and vanilla, with the latter especially shining through in the finish. Digging even deeper, I am also able to pull out dried apricots and oranges.

M - Medium body with an exquisitely smooth, creamy txture and soft carbonation. Although deploying a moderate bitterness on the tongue, the hops are countered by some residual sweetness, resulting in a fairly short bitter finish.

D - This is definitely hoppier than I was anticipating for an English-style IPA, yet it still maintained an extremely nice balance between hops and malts. It also has a very unique flavor, and I can honestly say that I never tasted a beer quite like this one, and I've had a lot of IPAs. FFF is turning into one of my favorite breweries!

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Blackheart from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,346 ratings.
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